Theresa GILDER

Theresa GILDER

The sculptor was born in Manchester and studied there, at the School of Art, before becoming a textile designer. Moving to Cornwall, she was greatly interested in the work of Barbara HEPWORTH, and became a pupil at the Penzance School of Art where she worked under Edward Bouverie HOYTON, Barbara TRIBE and John TUNNARD.

Her specialty became working in marble and soapstone, and her figures are often either newborn infants, animal and human, and also intertwining couples.

Her son is the sculptor Lawrence MURLEY.


Sculptor, teacher, designer

works and access

Access to works: Hypatia Collection of Women's Art

Child Development Centre, Plymouth

Probus Sculpture Gardens



Jamieson Library of Women's History (Solo)

1986: RCM & RIC Three Spires Festival Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture and Pottery, Truro (Opening of the RCM or County Art Gallery, by the Royal Institution of Cornwall)

NAG Newlyn in Pont Aven 1977; Solo Exhibition 1986

1992: RWE Bristol, Artists from Cornwall (selected)

2017: I Am Woman, Summerhouse Gallery, Marazion (8-21 July)


Hypatia Trust (Council)

NSA (Chairman 1980-81); NAG (Management Committee)

Penzance School of Art (Lecturer, sculpture)


Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945

Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery (photo likeness)

Hoyle, H (Jan 2013 Women Artists in Cornwall Barbara Tribe - A Sculptor's Life

RWE (1992) Artists from Cornwall, Bristol

Whybrow (1986) Forms and Faces: Sculptors in SW Cornwall;